The Northern Territory news Sat 17 Nov 2012
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30 NT NEWS. Saturday, November 17, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 7 -N O V -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 0 C O L O R : C M Y K SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2012 Babies deliver tale or two TERRITORIANS can often be heard asking the biggest of questions, especially late on Friday and Saturday nights: Whats themeaning of life? Well, the answer is easy having babies. But Territorians dont just have babies at a greater rate than other Australians; they have them in interesting places. For instance, Hermione just like her namesake in theHarry Pottermovies is impatient and couldnt wait to get into theworld. So shemade an appearance on the road to Darwins rubbish dump. Dad Travis Penning did themidwife honours, taking instructions from a St John Ambulance officer over the telephone. Other Territorians have given birth in taxis, buses, by the side of the road and even in a restaurant. But somemums elsewhere in theworld have done even better. An Africanwoman gave birth up a tree, where she had climbed to escape floodwaters. An American babymade her premature appearance in an elevator. And a Frenchwoman gave birth on the town hall steps seconds after gettingmarried. But surely theweirdest of theweirdwas the baby that arrivedwhile hismumwas driving and dadwas in the front passenger seat. The baby just slid out, said the startledmother. Apparently, dad drovemumand baby home. On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO: A series of electrical storms lashed Darwin in the early hours of yesterdaymorning dumping half the average November rainfall in one hit. 20 YEARSAGO: The consortium behind the $250 millionMcArthur River basemetalsmine near Borroloola has given the green light for the project to proceed. 25 YEARSAGO: A claim byNT IndustriesMinister Marshall Perron that imported barramundi was as good as the local product has beenmetwith disbelief. Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters toGPOBox 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email firstname.lastname@example.org You must include your name, home address or PO Box number. Name and address will be withheld on request. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NTNews, GPOBox 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 Letters It is wrong to suggest that thiswas a reflection onMr KenWyatt - SEE LETTER BELOW TRANSCRIPTREVEALS TRUTHABOUTKEN YOUR report that I suggested Ken Wyatt is not a real Aborigine is wrong (Tonys real blunder in the NT News, 14/11/12). As the transcript of my press conference clearly demonstrates I said that Alison Anderson would be an authentic representative of the ancient cultures of Central Australia. It is wrong to suggest that this was a reflection on Mr Ken Wyatt. Ken Wyatt is an outstanding Australian and a firstclass representative of the people of Hasluck. TonyAbbottMHR, Leader of theOpposition EMERGENCYSERVICES MUSTCONTROL LIGHTS DRIVING along we have one moment when we freeze: a siren goes off behind us! We know it is an emerg ency service, but the suddenness of it causes drivers to go into freefall. None of us wants to impede the progress of an emergency service unit, but we forget, in the heat of the moment, what to do, where to go. This happens in the streets, on the open road. When it comes to areas where there are traffic lights, what DO WE DO?!? After the horrendous crash a few months ago, when are emergency service units being fitted with devices to short circuit traffic lights, at, say, 500m or more, to stop all traffic so they can drive through and save what they have to, and not have the result we have seen? There are no winners in this, but we can only ask God to walk with all who have lost in this accident. BevHale, Gray ASYLUMSEEKERSA VOTE LIFT FORLABOR IN RESPONSE to J B Toner (NT News 15/11/12), J B, you are missing the point. Those 24,000 asylum seekers/refugees are 24,000-plus votes for the Labor Party, who are the ones who let them in. KClarke, Bayview EDUCATEPEOPLEON LAWANDSAVEMONEY WE NO longer imprison vagrants or those who may be drunk. We still frequently imprison people because they are ignorant of the law. Should not a first step be to make sure that everyone, children, migrants, Aboriginal people included, is given sufficient information about Australian law and help to understand it so that their ignorance could be addressed? What attention has been paid to developing such education programs? Would it not be cheaper than prison? Rosemary Jacob,Millner EXILEDWADEYE GROUPNEEDSFOOD HAS anybody wondered how long it would take to arrange an emergency food drop? Has the Chief Minister done anything to ensure the welfare of some 100 displaced persons who fled the recent violence in Wadeye? I understand they have fled to the bush and have no access to supplies. Pull your finger out Mills. Name&addresswithheld ... and another thing BABIES provoke such strong emotions that we often use them in metaphors and similes. That is why US president Ronald Reagan felt compelled to say: Government is like a baby an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. Email: email@example.com Text: 0428 NTNEWS Fax: 08 8981 6045 Letters: PO Box 1300, Darwin NT 0801 VOTE LAST WEEKS VOTE Your Say Should the NT welcome a boost in US Marine numbers? Should Territorians be forced to work for the dole? To cast your vote go to www.ntnews.com.au Yes 90% No 10% The Fixer WHAT:A cracked Telstra pit out the front of a house on Chambers Crescent inMalak. WHOSRESPONSIBLE: Telstra spokesman Jonathan Rose. CONTACT: 0418 101 454. DOYOUknowof something in theTerritory that needs fixing?GiveThe Fixer a call on8944 9750, email firstname.lastname@example.org followonTwitter @NTNTheFixer
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